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kochankatulipan
Posted: Saturday, September 03, 2011 7:29:56 AM

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Was chatting to a friend and the term 'LOL' came up. She was saying how it annoys her because it's used to death. So it got me thinking about why people revert to using these 'hip and trendy' abbreviations, rather than relying on conventional words to express themselves. When texting first became popular people used lol and other abbreviations because the couldn't be bothered to spend time typing on what is, lets face, a sad excuse for a keyboard on the mobile phone. When I text I use abbreviations to save time, because I hate texting.

But when you have a proper qwerty keyboard it seems strange that people still use abbreviations. I think a lot of people use it to demonstrate that they are still in touch with modern trends. I also have friends who have found that lol is used instead of that wonderfully ironic phrase "I don't want to upset you but..." When one of my friends told a man that she was offended by his text he replied "r u going off me lol".

I sometimes think about inventing my own ones just to wind up smug people who use lol to death. I would have a graduated scale that works like this.

mms - made me smile
gal - giggled a little
footsaral - fell off of the seat and rolled around laughing

You could also have ones to communicate displeasure or boredom?

stiyu - So tedious I'm yawning uncontrollably
soidyaaf - so offended I'm deleting you as a friend
waw - what a wanker!

So how about it guys. Lets have some suggestions for some new abbreviations. If we come up with some good ones we could start using them and, who knows, given time they may become part of text speak worldwide.

ttfn (Oh that's "Ta Ta For Now" actually used in U.K. in the seventies)

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Posted: Saturday, September 03, 2011 9:01:28 AM

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ROFLMFAO


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Posted: Saturday, September 03, 2011 9:20:29 AM

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Quote:
soidyaaf - so offended I'm deleting you as a friend


this one may take off .... or less letters - fui (fuck you idiot)
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Posted: Saturday, September 03, 2011 9:21:30 AM

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Posted: Saturday, September 03, 2011 9:32:01 AM

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GTGC = Got To Get Coffee

And in case no-one is aware the so called "text-speak" actually goes back as far as 1888 and was used in Newspaper Advertising in that time period as all was handset and had to pay in some cases by the letter so a lot was abbreviated to make most from your advertising dollar.
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Posted: Saturday, September 03, 2011 9:34:47 AM

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Shotgun011 wrote:
GTGC = Got To Get Coffee

And in case no-one is aware the so called "text-speak" actually goes back as far as 1888 and was used in Newspaper Advertising in that time period as all was handset and had to pay in some cases by the letter so a lot was abbreviated to make most from your advertising dollar.


so true .... and then the various militaries have always used acronyms (the original txt chatting?)

snafu is just one that made it into main stream (situation normal, all fucked up)

with all the military people here, I am sure some can add to this ....

kochankatulipan
Posted: Saturday, September 03, 2011 9:46:28 AM

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Thanks for the responses. A friend of mine who was unaware of textspeak was over the moon when a prosepective date put LOL in a text. She thought he meant 'lots of love' and was getting really excited about meeting him. Thought he had fallen for her. When they met up, however, he was a PITA (pain in the arse) and he never got in touch after their meeting.
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Posted: Saturday, September 03, 2011 11:37:39 AM

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when i comes to language im kind of a purist so for a long time i hated textspeak. but then i realized its just another dialect and sort of fun and challenging too! provided i can think of it as actually not english then im ok. lol.
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Posted: Monday, September 05, 2011 10:37:22 AM

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I can't stand txtspeak and don't use it. I don't ever lol or roflmao. I am guilty of shortening some words when texting or IMing on Lush. "Tho" and "thru" are about as close as I get. I have created some acronyms with friends, tho! ;)

Amended: I do use "FFS" ALL the time!!
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Posted: Tuesday, October 25, 2011 9:08:17 AM

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TTFN was one of Tigger's sayings in the disney winnie the pooh movies

I don't mind the standard ones and I do use OMW, BRB, LOL, and K pretty regularly and probably a couple of others. I think at this point everyone knows them, so it's just a form of shorthand. I often have to delete parts of what I'm saying in both SMS and online lush messages and replace words, because my message is too long. I only get irritated when I can't figure out what the hell people are saying.

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Posted: Monday, October 31, 2011 10:19:36 PM

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When my cousin was in her mid teens she would even hand write text speak.

It annoyed the fuck out of me.

There is a really good example on "Not another teen movie" when Priscilla says.

"I need t-to-the-fourth-power-y"

Which means "Time to talk to you."

Axl - Take a look at our piercing menu.

Daria - I don't think that's how you spell "uvula."

Axl - That's not "uvula."

From: "Daria" episode "Pierce Me"
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Posted: Monday, October 31, 2011 11:25:38 PM

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I cannot stand text speak. I can take the little things like lol, wtf omg but I have had to stop texting and delete friends because it takes way to much time and thought to figure out what they are saying. I feel like they have to spend hours figuring out how to make these weird words when it really is faster to just say it how it really is
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Posted: Monday, October 31, 2011 11:58:59 PM

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wot u sa....hell yes i find it annoying but i guess i am just too old to keep up with the trend...lol
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Posted: Tuesday, November 01, 2011 12:13:49 AM

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Ok so i'm 19, sometimes I will textspeak when I am actually texting friends on my phone. But a lot of times I will write out everything because if not my one friend will beat me up, she likes proper texts. When I mess up, I'll apologize to her
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Posted: Tuesday, November 01, 2011 2:02:25 AM

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SSMS - Stop sending me shite. In the case of the annoying friend who texts you the following
1) Any kind of religious jesus loves you bullshit
2) Chain mail messages e.g. forty million kids in China will die if you don't foward it on
3) Old jokes( yeah I got this one first in like 2005).Add in any tasteless ones involving dead celebrities too.
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Posted: Tuesday, November 01, 2011 2:38:40 AM

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99% of the time, I can´t understand text speak. If you´re capable of writing actual english, then do so.
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Posted: Tuesday, November 01, 2011 2:42:24 AM

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Text speak!! The person who brought it into the mainstream should be shot with a ball of their own shite. OK, if you must use it. do it where it was designed for.
As far as I am concerned, textspeak is on the same level - way down - as some of the ways that people accept for "modern" spelling of words!!!!!
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Posted: Tuesday, November 01, 2011 9:27:16 AM

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Text speak is fine in its proper place. It saves time when jotting a quick note off to a friend. Ppl=People Tho=Though are just a couple of shortforms I'll use.
If I use LOL it usually means I've laughed or giggled at whatever was said. If something makes me really laugh I'll use LMAO.
But when I see "Wot" or "Dis" it drives me crazy. It takes one more letter to make it a proper word so I consider it pure laziness when I see it used.

I use to use acronyms alot when I worked as a bartender... I think my favorite one was FOCUS
We (me and my coworkers) used it as a passive aggressive way in dealing with the drunken idiots while still keeping our jobs, but able to have a good laugh about them.

So if you ever hear someone say FOCUS it means "F*ck Off Cause Ur Stupid"

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Posted: Tuesday, November 01, 2011 9:28:40 AM

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TheDevilsWeakness wrote:
Text speak is fine in its proper place. It saves time when jotting a quick note off to a friend. Ppl=People Tho=Though are just a couple of shortforms I'll use.
If I use LOL it usually means I've laughed or giggled at whatever was said. If something makes me really laugh I'll use LMAO.
But when I see "Wot" or "Dis" it drives me crazy. It takes one more letter to make it a proper word so I consider it pure laziness when I see it used.

I use to use acronyms alot when I worked as a bartender... I think my favorite one was FOCUS
We (me and my coworkers) used it as a passive aggressive way in dealing with the drunken idiots while still keeping our jobs, but able to have a good laugh about them.

So if you ever hear someone say FOCUS it means "F*ck Off Cause Ur Stupid"


Damn I wish I would have known that yesterday, changes the whole tone of our conversation now! Embarassed

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Posted: Tuesday, November 01, 2011 9:34:01 AM

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Hey now! I only said for you to FOCUS twice! Third times the charm...

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Posted: Tuesday, November 01, 2011 12:14:59 PM

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textspeak is OK if it is a text on my phone, but that's the only time I care to see it.

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Posted: Tuesday, November 01, 2011 1:40:03 PM

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beowulf69 wrote:
textspeak is OK if it is a text on my phone, but that's the only time I care to see it.


I agree .... should be used in context

the shortened acronyms are OK with me in email or during chat here.
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Posted: Tuesday, November 01, 2011 1:53:27 PM

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i must admit i use lol a lot but it is because i know most people knows what it means but it about the only textspeak word i use. i don't even use text on phone, if you want to talk on phone, let's talk, not type, unless it's an emergency and somewhere you can't actually talk.
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Posted: Tuesday, November 01, 2011 2:57:45 PM

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I can excuse the OMGs and ROFLs etc but otherwise it makes my eyes ache..... xx SF

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Posted: Tuesday, November 01, 2011 5:21:51 PM

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I hate it....but that's because I teach high school English :)
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Posted: Tuesday, November 01, 2011 10:30:35 PM

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Eden wrote:
I hate it....but that's because I teach high school English :)


A High School English Teacher on Lush..........

(That's MY next story sorted!!!!!)

JOKING!!!!!

xx SF

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Posted: Tuesday, November 01, 2011 11:29:12 PM

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I use LOL heaps to show that I'm joking around but I found another version which I might start using Whistle


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Posted: Wednesday, November 02, 2011 3:14:41 PM

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I must admit I do use LOL as a few times my comments have been taken as serious, so it is my way of covering my back and making sure that the person knows that I am joking, however, I don't like other forms of text speak.

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Posted: Wednesday, November 02, 2011 3:44:04 PM

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stephanie wrote:


I can excuse the OMGs and ROFLs etc but otherwise it makes my eyes ache..... xx SF


I use those myself admittedly or LOL LMAO but generally I don't do all that much textspeak it just hurts my head sometimes reading it trying to figure out WTF(my only other favorite) it is

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Posted: Wednesday, November 02, 2011 4:56:20 PM

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What's text speech?
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